My last post was a long treatise and I hope this one will be a little shorter. but again from "Textiles, the Whole Story"
When Beverly Gordon was initially talking about the fact that textile creation in the past has lots of connotations with the spiritual, often in homage or as a result of a ritual for a particular deity. She had a chart of various cultures and their respective deities that are most often credited with the creation of cloth. The one that caught my eye was Spider Woman sometimes called Spider Grandmother from the Native American cultures. Spider Grandmother is the "goddess who creates from the great galactic centre and apparently every living being is linked in her web. She is said to have given us fire, taught us how to weave and is also a protector."
So can you hear my poet brain humming..... "O" and "oh my" remind me of a galactic event, of the myriad of stars that circle us and give us inspiration. I don't intend appropriation. no I just enjoy the words come after the fact of making.
And that fits with another artist, Kathleen Baker, (I think, I forgot to write a specific reference down) who was struggling to begin making things because she had studied art history and its countless symbols and movements. When she tried to make something the potential symbols stopped her work cold. She was advised to NOT read too much. To make first, then find the philosophies that fit her work instead of trying to make her work fit a philosophy...
I said Ah HA!!! MY thought exactly. Play then talk. Go with the hands that position things into a whole instead of starting with a whole that then ,to me at least ,duplicates itself.
This one was some random colours painted on pellon that I turned and twisted and looked at and re looked at until I saw some faint trees and a waterfall and my black pen made the dots and lines that encourage you to see the trees in a coloured forest as the cool water tumbles from the top of the cliff.